Deaf dancer is a hip-hop lover

Redeafination, a hip-hop group for the deaf, and Converge Studios, a local dance studio, will collaborate for the first time at the Purple Parade on Oct 27. The Purple Parade is a movement that promotes awareness of the special needs community.
Ms Patricia Merilo has been performing at events that promote deaf awareness and talents within the deaf community.
Ms Patricia Merilo has been performing at events that promote deaf awareness and talents within the deaf community.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Patricia Merilo is a co-choreographer for a dance number which will be performed at the Purple Parade on Saturday

Without her hearing aid, Ms Patricia Merilo, 21, can hear only loud thunderstorms and the pounding of drums.

Yet, the Filipino, who is a permanent resident here, loves to boogie to the infectious music of pop acts like Spice Girls and Hanson.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2018, with the headline 'Deaf dancer is a hip-hop lover'. Print Edition | Subscribe